This is not a team to tear down. Not yet. Davis and Trumbo are owed too much money to trade for value, and there’s no reason to trade players like Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado just yet.
However, the one thing the Orioles seem to be excellent at is finding relievers. So I’m all for selling pieces of their bullpen if it brings back pitchers who could thrive in their 2017 and 2018 rotation. A three-way deal might make more sense instead of trying to match up with a contender that has starting pitchers to trade for relievers, although the Cardinals might fit that description.
You know who wishes he had only a few million left on his salary this season? Justin Verlander. Maybe not legitimately since he probably enjoys living the lifestyle that his massive salary provides. But every now and then he may think about the fact that he would have already been out of Detroit by now if he was a tad less of a burden on the bottom line. He’s got $56 million still owed to him after 2017, and every possible trade partner knows it.
However, his weighty contract combined with his down year on the mound means he would realistically clear waivers allowing an August deal to happen. Shipping him to a contender that is looking for an August rotation boost would be good for both Verlander (yay, a good team!) and the Tigers (for not having to pay him all that money).
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